Brad Keselowski Racing will cease operations at the end of the 2017 season.
Keselowski, who currently fields the No. 19 and 29 Ford F150s in the Camping World Truck Series, issued the following statement on Thursday.
“The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family’s ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation,” Keselowski said. “But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I’ve decided not to field a team in 2018.
“My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team which would allow me to give back to the sport by creating opportunities and quality experience for others, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or support personnel. With outstanding leadership from BKR’s GM Jeremy Thompson, assistance from Team Penske, and the support of our long-time partners Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, we were able to successfully achieve this goal. I am very proud of this and intend to do my best to help my BKR team members stay and grow in the sport. I am also incredibly appreciative of the great relationships we have developed with our partners over the years.
“The team has also provided me with meaningful experience as a team owner. I’ve never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport. And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now. Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000 square foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.”
In an effort to give back to the sport that provided the third-generation racer a path to the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Series title, Keselowski started a limited truck effort in 2008 which grew into a full-time operation in 2011. He has provided opportunities for up-and-coming drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, Grand Enfinger and most recently Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, who are currently 10th and fourth, respectively in the standings.
In 297 starts, Keselowski’s trucks have scored nine wins, 15 poles, 97 top fives and 160 top 10s.